Citizens support climate action
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europeans remain very concerned about climate change and support action across the EU to tackle it, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission.
Main survey findings
- European citizens now identify climate change as the single most serious problem facing the world.
- Over a quarter of Europeans (29%) chose either climate change (18%), deterioration of nature (7%) or health problems due to pollution (4%) as the single most serious problem we face.
- 93% of EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem and 78% see it as a very serious problem. 90% of respondents – and at least three quarters in each Member State – agree that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced to a minimum while offsetting the remaining emissions, in order to make the EU economy climate-neutral by 2050.
- 87% think the EU should set ambitious targets to increase renewable energy and support energy efficiency.
- 87% of Europeans agree that tackling climate change should be a priority to improve public health.
- 92% of respondents think it is important their national government sets ambitious targets to increase the amount of renewable energy used and 87% believe governments should provide support for improving energy efficiency by 2030. At the same time, 75% think their national governments are not doing enough to tackle climate change.
- 81% believe that more public financial support should be given to the transition to clean energies, even if it means reducing subsidies to fossil fuels. Eurobarometer 2021 report can be downloaded here